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Today's News

  • Court expresses opposition to repurposing pipeline

    The Marion County Fiscal Court last week reiterated its opposition to pipelines carrying natural gas liquids in the county.
    During the court’s Dec. 18 meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved a resolution opposing plans by Kinder Morgan to convert a portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry natural gas liquids instead of natural gas.
    The court’s resolution was greeted by a round of applause by members of the Sisters of Loretto, co-members of the Loretto Community and local landowners who have led the local opposition to NGL pipelines.

  • Former fire chief gets five years probation for abuse of public trust

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm received five years of probation after pleading guilty to abuse of public trust less than $10,000.
    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth on Nov. 20. Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram approved unsupervised probation for Helm during his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing.
    Bertram also ordered Helm to pay $20,000 in restitution to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • Kentucky tells feds flu has become widespread in the state

    By the Kentucky Press News Service

    Kentucky Department for Public Health officials have reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the flu activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”
    Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  • Kentucky drops closer to least healthy state in the nation

    By Margarita Cambest
    Kentucky New Era

    Kentucky has slipped further in health rankings this year.
    According to a report released Tuesday by the United Health Foundation, the Bluegrass State is ranked as the 47th healthiest state in the nation.
    The commonwealth’s ranking has varied from its healthiest rank of 39th in 2008 to 47th this year. It ranked 45th in 2013.

  • 'Cake lady' steps down as mayor

    Marilyn Mullins' career in politics started with a request from Alvin Morris in 2002. He wanted her to run for mayor of Raywick.
    "It was getting time for someone to run and I guess nobody had stepped up," she said, adding, "I told him, 'Well, I don't know what I'm doing, but I'll give it everything I got."
    Twelve years and three terms later, Mullins, 73, is retiring as a city official.
    While she had previously served as an officer in other organizations, none of them were like being the mayor of her town.

  • Slow down and enjoy the holidays

    I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas season and a Happy New Year. For the second year in a row, the hustle of Christmas parties, parades, church services and family get-togethers seems more intense with the shorter period between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Don’t let the stress and hectic schedule ruin your holiday. I hope I take my own advice when I say slow down and enjoy the holidays.

  • Interim is complete, General Assembly returns Jan. 6.

    Each year, the General Assembly has two distinct periods of activity: its legislative session, when laws are passed, and what is called the interim, when the House and Senate jointly review issues affecting the state.
    While much of the public’s attention is understandably focused on the former – which starts in early January and runs through either late March or mid-April, depending on the year – the latter plays an important, educational role as well.

  • Give and receive

    The gift of life.
    There is no greater gift.
    And, all too often, we take that gift for granted.
    We just assume there is going to be a tomorrow. But, tomorrow is never guaranteed.
    Just this week, a good friend of mine lost her father. His death was sudden, completely unexpected, and just a few days before Christmas.
    My heart hurts for her.
    Nothing can prepare you for such a loss. Nothing.

  • The job interview: Prepare and impress

    By Carter Dyson

    Job seekers commonly rank the interview as the most intimidating portion of their career search. Yet, the interview is the most critical time for a job seeker to be focused, engaging and confident.
    The only effective way to overcome the tension of a job interview is to prepare. From researching the employer to answering possible questions in front of a mirror, every minute you spend preparing will settle those nerves and give you an edge on your competition.

  • Senator Higdon invites all to prayer breakfast

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Brother Lee Watts invite the public to join them in the 13th Annual Prayer Breakfast, which will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Lebanon United Methodist Church located at 236 North Spalding Avenue.
    Other legislators joining Senator Higdon and Brother Watts are include State Rep. Bam Carney, State Rep. David Floyd, State Rep. Mike Harmon, State Rep. Kim King, State Rep.-elect James Allen Tipton and State Sen.-elect Max Wise.